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Surimi Benefication project to provide employment to the natives: Keshav Koli

Monday, January 08, 2018

The seed of Sasoondock Matsyodog Sahakari Society Ltd. (SMSSL) were sown more than 25 years ago, in Mumbai (Colaba) at Sasoondock.  SMSSL, meaning Sasoondock fishery business union, was formed and started in the year 1993 by Keshav Budhaji Koli aka Nakhwa, a native of Mauje Kanthavali from Uran taluka of Raigad district.

Keshav Koli Nakhwa, who was deprived of primary education due to financial circumstances, in 2000, under the guidance of his friend Latif Maldar, the then Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar provided financial help for the mechanized boats for fishing business, and with the help of 37 mechanical boats, they launched fishing and the processing industry of different types of fish at the same time. Through this enterprise he provided employment to various natives of his village. This business was a huge success fetching profit of crores to the company.

“In order to get a permanent source of income to the members of the society, Govt of Maharashtra had decided to form a group of members for the construction of mechanized fishing boats under the scheme of National Cooperative Development Corporation and to provide financial support to them.
And accordingly, under the same scheme,  the member groups got a financial assistance of 15 lakh rupees for the sustainance of their Fisheries business,” said Keshav Koli, Chairman,  SMSSL.

Koli started the fish processing industry since 2007, keeping in mind the objective of expanding the fisheries business. For the first time in the country's co-operative sector, the 57-ton capacity machinery and 1200 tonne cold storage project was setup. And through this same project, export of sea prawns, cattle fish, surmai, promphet and fin fish to 32 different countries including China, Thailand, Indonesia, New York, Japan and Malaysia.

He also solved the diesel and ice problems faced by fishermen by opening an ice factory and cold storage facility. The society has recently launched 'Surimi Benefication project' in Dighoda village at the company's Silver Jubliee event. Under the Union Agriculture Ministry, the National Cooperative Development Corporation New Delhi and Govt of Maharashtra's combined funding 100% export promotional. The project was inaugurated with an annual capacity of 5000 MT. Surimi, is a tasteless and odourless paste made from minced fish, which is used in many countries for many different dishes.

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